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Old 10-11-2009, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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okay, I will say that the OP sounds like an idiot, however, despite the idiocy, he/she makes a tiny, valid point. I hate it when bums stand outside a store and open doors for you yet at the same time stick their hand out expecting money for doing so. some of these guys will pratically block your path w/ their arms. also, i was in one fast food joint where a bum was harassing diners and going from table to table, rudely asking for money (and not taking a simply no for an answer). the staff there did nothing about it and I ended up complaining to the manager. haven't been back there since.

in these two particular cases, stores need to do more to keep bums from harassing customers. I'm mainly talking about bums here, the nasty, unkempt, alcoholics/mentally ill, not homeless people as a whole (since, as mentioned, a lot of people are homeless but you'd never know it. heck, I was homeless for a bit of time years ago and few people knew it!). and even then, if the bums don't bother me, I don't care if they're in the store buying stuff or even holding the door open but aren't being a-holes about it.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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okay, I will say that the OP sounds like an idiot, however, despite the idiocy, he/she makes a tiny, valid point.
The OP was not originally talking about homeless people on the street trying to mooch money off of you or block your walking path so that you HAVE to run into them...because if that were the original topic of this thread, I probably wouldnt be so judgmental...BUT The OP was judging a PAYING CUSTOMER, and judging them on their class and looks. It would be another thing if this homeless person wasn't a paying customer and was bothering the OP who was in line, for some money....but that's not the case.
Even so, The OP's valid point on homeless people outfront of business mooching money does NOT excuse their absurd reasoning for this thread in the first place.
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Near the water
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What is so dis-heartening is that there are those that speak harsh or ugly of those who are less fortunate. No one sets out to fail in this country and surely no one chooses to be homeless.

The very ones you may be calling a bum could in fact be a Veteran, someone who's job was off-shored due to corporate greed but also could be someone's father, mother or brother.


Just because they have the appearance that they do doesn't make them any less a person and my advice to you is do not judge until you have walked a mile or ten in their shoes. It is a tough life mentally, physically & emotionally. Instead of turning a cheek and speaking harsh words, why not do something kind for them?
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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How sad if you really are like this OP, I feel bad for you. Like my Mom allways said" no one is better than you and you are not better than anyone " Blessings Michelleleigh
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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I really hate it when I'm in a store where there's one register open, and there's a homeless person in line ahead of me. What if I receive change, and some of it is from the money the homeless person used to pay. How exactly do I handle that? Do I need to take a can of disinfectant with me in order to sanitize some of the money I'm handed back? What happened to the days when homeless people weren't allowed to enter stores?
People like this sicken me, I hope a homeless person isn't behind you in line, I doubt they'd want your dirty change.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Home
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Guys, on a flame post like this, yuo have to keep the whole thing On Topic or you end up getting into some really great burning brushland.

Talking about aggressive beggars is COMPLETELY different than a homeless man paying for food at a grocery. RCoC is rabble rousing, and the more you post, the more "Rabble Rabble" we all will hear (with or w/o the Hamburgler).

I think we are all in agreement that the OP was flame bait and that the original poster cannot be completely serious about what they are posting when they seem to be lacking any kind of serious response to the posts. No emotional reaction, nothing, just more kerosene being splashed around hoping someone will flick a butt its way.

So, lets just zip this and let RCoC blather on about some other Californian Brushland topic that we can all choose not to smoke in, around, or anywhere near.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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I really hate it when I'm in a store where there's one register open, and there's a homeless person in line ahead of me. What if I receive change, and some of it is from the money the homeless person used to pay. How exactly do I handle that? Do I need to take a can of disinfectant with me in order to sanitize some of the money I'm handed back? What happened to the days when homeless people weren't allowed to enter stores?
All money is dirty so I guess everyone should keep a can of disinfectant in their purse or wallet.

Why discriminate against a homeless person since there are a lot of people with homes who are dirtier than they are.

I bet if you go through your own purse or wallet, you'll find more germs in there that can make you ill.

According to some of the latest public sanitary researches, an average person carries more germs in their briefcases / wallets than a child carries on their toys while playing on a playground.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:14 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I really hate it when I'm in a store where there's one register open, and there's a homeless person in line ahead of me. What if I receive change, and some of it is from the money the homeless person used to pay. How exactly do I handle that? Do I need to take a can of disinfectant with me in order to sanitize some of the money I'm handed back? What happened to the days when homeless people weren't allowed to enter stores?
All money is filthy, wash your hands after handling money and after touching public surfaces such as door handles and shopping cart handles as well as after shaking hands with any person. This subtle bashing of folks who for some reason don't have the luxury of a nice clean home to live in is just plain snobery. It's very possible that the OP's keyboard may have more bugs on it than the average homeless person's hands.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I really hate it when I'm in a store where there's one register open, and there's a homeless person in line ahead of me. What if I receive change, and some of it is from the money the homeless person used to pay. How exactly do I handle that? Do I need to take a can of disinfectant with me in order to sanitize some of the money I'm handed back? What happened to the days when homeless people weren't allowed to enter stores?
Wow you are one cold person. You could end up homeless one day.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The OP is poking you with a stick.
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